I love new books. I know there’s a lot to be said for that old book smell, that crinkly feel of worn pages—but I am an absolute sucker for a brand new book. A just-been-published, hard-cover-only, brand-spanking-new book.
Here are some of my most anticipated YA reads for the rest of 2015:
7) The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker
That cover. Just look at it. Look at the snake eating its own tail.
I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one’s gorgeous. Plus, I’m a sucker for witch stories.
6) An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
There’s been so much good buzz about this one. I was hooked as soon as I learned it had a brutal, ancient Rome-vibe.
5) Lair of Dreams, by Libba Bray
I’ve waited three years for this one, but it feels like oh-so-much longer. If you haven’t read the first in this eerie, atmospheric series, check out The Diviners pronto. If you’re like me, you’ll spend the next week humming 1920s jazz music and sleeping with the lights on.
4) A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
I love Sarah Maas, and everything written by her. Throne of Glass series? Check. Starkillers Cycle? Check. Creepy, edgy Beauty and the Beast retelling? Bring it on.
3) The Shadow Cabinet, by Maureen Johnson
Okay, so this one already came out. But, I just got my hands on it, and I’m racing through it. If you haven’t read the first two in Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, do it now. There’ are ghosts, mysteries, a boarding school, and London, and honestly, what more could you need?
2) The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater
How much do I love Maggie Stiefvater? Well, her last name no longer has a squiggly red line underneath it as I type this up, because apparently, I’ve had enough excuses to write about her that I added “Stiefvater” to my computer’s dictionary. So that’s telling.
The first three books in the Raven Cycle are immensely haunting and beautiful. The Scorpio Races is one of my all time favorite books ever. Her latest can’t get here soon enough.
(Note that this is not the real cover. The real one has not yet been released.)
1) Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas
Anyone who knows me well could have guessed this one. I’m a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series (Crown of Midnight is my favorite, for the time being, but they’re all absolutely phenomenal), and I’m desperate to get my hands on the fourth installment. It doesn’t help that I feel like I’ve had to wait forever for this one. I bought the third book right as it came out (I was actually lucky enough to be at the release party at Books of Wonder in New York), and I’ve been impatiently waiting ever since!
And, as a bonus: Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
Okay, so this one isn’t coming out until January of 2016. The release date was pushed back a few months. But I absolutely cannot wait for it. I love Susan Dennard’s writing, and I’ve only grown to adore her more since I found out about her blog—she has more writing resources than I know what to do with! I have high hopes for her new series.
What about you? What books are you most anxious to read?